The aggressive squad of West Indies has completely whitewashed Rashid Khan and company in the recently concluded One Day International series with 3-0 win. The unbeaten knock of star opener Shai Hope kept the Caribbeans invincible in front of the strong Afghani opponents at the Ekana Cricket Stadium on Monday. In the third and the final encounter of the prestigious ODI series, swashbuckling batsman Shai Hope singlehandedly amassed an unbeaten 109 runs off 145 balls which drove his side to the remarkable five-wicket victory against Afghanistan.
It was the confident Windies squad who won the toss and elected to bowl first after analyzing all the pitch conditions. In this way, Afghans had a pretty good start as their explosive opener Hazratullah Zazai marked an astonishing half-century in 59 deliveries. While his opening partner Ibrahim Zadran lost his wicket at a very early stage of the game. However, Zazai also made his way to the pavilion after dismissing by classic pacer Keemo Paul in the 20th over. But Zazai’s dismissal didn’t affect the Afghanistan squad much as experienced player Asghar Afghan added crucial 86 runs for his team. As a result, Afghans set a big score of 249 runs on board against West Indies.
Chasing the monumental target of 250 runs, Windies also got off an excellent start as the talented opener Shai Hope registered a ton comfortably and constructed a big score for his team singlehandedly. Hope was the one-man army against Afghanistan in the last night’s encounter. However, the important cameos of Brandon King (39), Kieron Pollard (32) and Roston Chase (42) helped the Caribbeans to reach the target with five wickets and eight balls to spare. Finally, Windies has the last laugh and they clinched the series with 3-0 win.
Both the teams will next take on each other in the three-match T20I series starting from November 14th at Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. It will be interesting to see whether the Caribbeans will be able to maintain their dominance over hapless Afghans in the upcoming series also or Rashid Khan-led team will turn the tables around in their favour. However, Afghanistan is now looking forward to bounce back strongly with the forthcoming campaign.
Afghanistan: 249/7; Asghar Afghan (86), Hazratullah Zazai (50), Mohammed Nabi (50*), Keemo Paul, (3/44), Alzarri Joseph (2/59), and Roston Chase (1/24)
West Indies: 253/5; Shai Hope (109*), Roston Chase (42*), Brandon King (39), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/49), Rashid Khan (1/46), and Mohammed Nabi (1/47)